Research Assistant/Associate

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

August 1, 2022

Description

Research Assistant/Associate

Job Purpose

The postholder will support the work of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory and a range of research projects associated with the Lab working on data collection, management, literature reviews, analysis and training development. Specifically the job requires expert knowledge in suicide and self-harm or related fields.

The post-holder will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct complex and challenging project(s), as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal Investigator (PI):

1. Assist and contribute to predetermined, prescribed or individual/joint research objectives, under supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI; Professor Rory O'Connor) and in accordance with project deliverables and IHW research strategy.

2. Undertake scoping and literature reviews and analyses of data as appropriate to the role.

3. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of the University of Glasgow, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, including contributing to publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit and gathering indicators of esteem.

4. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases ensuring compliance with GDPR, drafting progress reports and papers as required.

5. Contribute to the presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops, and other groups as directed by the PI, in order to develop and enhance our research profile.

6. Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.

7. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops across the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and wider community (e.g. academic and industrial partners).

8. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the SBRL and other projects as required.

9. Contribute to outreach and recruitment activities of the University of Glasgow.

10. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field /discipline.

11. Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

12. Undertake any other reasonable duties as assigned by the Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing

13. To contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World.

https:// www. gla.ac.uk/about/strategy/people/.

For appointment at Grade 7:

14. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and in accordance with the project deliverables and IHW research strategy.

15. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate

16. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.

17. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

18. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

19. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.

20. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and Industrial Partners).

21. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.

22. Take the lead in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.

23. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.

24. Make a leading contribution to Teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may reasonably be expected to perform.

Qualifications

Essential:

A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 10 (Honours Degree). May be working towards post-graduate qualification such as Masters (SCQF level 11) or PhD (SCQF level 12) in relevant subject area.

A2. Theoretical and practical knowledge in the research related field.

A3. Up to date and comprehensive knowledge of current issues in suicide research and prevention.

A4. Knowledge of specialist IT software, as appropriate.

For appointment at Grade 7:

A5. Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s)

A6. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism

A7. Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques

Desirable :

B1. Working towards or completed PhD (SCQF level 12) in the research related field.

Knowledge and Skills

Essential:

C1. Interpersonal skills, particularly in relation to working with the interdisciplinary groups.

C2. Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.

C3. Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach.

C4. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely.

C5. Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills.

C6. Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills, as appropriate.

C7. Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working.

C8. Initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently, including demonstrating a flexible and pragmatic approach

C9. Organisational/managerial skills.

Experience

Essential:

D1. Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in working with the study population in a range of settings and of research/teaching methods and techniques, demonstrated through relevant work experience (including experience gained throughout PhD)

D2. Experience in the collection and analysis of data, including experience using statistical software.

D3. Experience of writing and presenting of quantitative data.

D4. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

D5. Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field

For appointment at Grade 7:

D6. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

D7. A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences

D8. Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities

D9. Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.

D10. Experience in undertaking independent research Commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources and practices that support replication.

D11. Proven commitment to supporting the career development of colleagues and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.

Desirable:

E1. Experience relevant to suicide research and prevention.

Job Features

Dimensions

To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality.

Publish as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales.

Informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students.

Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with Institute/School policy.

Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

Planning and Organising

Management of time and prioritisation of research and administrative duties to achieve relevant project goals.

Planning, organisation and implementation of research project on a weekly/monthly basis.

Plan research directions that are within the available budget.

React to varying project needs and deadlines as assigned by PI and AAG.

Decision Making

Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project/activities.

Prioritise own workload.

Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal.

Adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes.

Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend.

Purchase of equipment and materials.

Internal/External Relationships

University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working, to ensure consistency in data gathering, and to facilitate cross disciplinary working.

External bodies/collaborators: proactively maintain co-operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputation.

Dissemination: Preparation and presentation of reports/results and participation in meetings and conference calls.

Problem Solving

Research including technical and theoretical aspects/problem solving and development of novel ideas.

Be aware of project and budgetary issues and equipment lead times.

Other

Representation of the University/College/IHW through presentation at national and international events.

Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies.

Prepared to travel to meetings in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the PI//University.

Additional School/RI/College

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The Institute of Health and Wellbeing has achieved a Gold Award. Further information at https:// www. gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/healthwellbeing/athenaswan/

The Institute of Health & Wellbeing supports the principle of flexible working and undertakes that all requests will be considered seriously.

The University of Glasgow is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 6/7 £29,614 - -£33,309 / £36,382 - £40,927 per annum.

This position is full time and with funding up to 12 months.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.

It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Closing Date 1st August 2022

Vacancy Ref : 090727 Close Date : 01-Aug-2022 23:45

About the employer

The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg,...